American writers of German descent

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  1. Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin


    Sarah Louise Palin (i/ˈplɨn/; née Heath; born February 11, 1964) is an American politician, commentator, and author who served as the ninth Governor of Alaska, from 2006 to her resignation in 2009. As the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 Presidential election, alongside Arizona Senator John McCain, she was the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major political party, and the first Republican woman nominated for the Vice Presidency. Her book Going Rogue has sold more than two million copies.

  2. Maria Shriver

    Maria Shriver


    Maria Owings Shriver (/ˈʃrvər/; born November 6, 1955) is an American journalist, activist, author of six best-selling books, and former First Lady of California as the former wife of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She has received a Peabody Award and was co-anchor for NBC's Emmy-winning coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics. As executive producer of The Alzheimer's Project, Shriver earned two Emmy Awards and an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award for developing a "television show with a conscience". She is a member of the Kennedy family (her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a sister of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Ted Kennedy). Shriver is currently a special anchor and correspondent for NBC News.

  3. Keith Olbermann

    Keith Olbermann


    Keith Theodore Olbermann (/ˈlbərmən/; born January 27, 1959) is an American sports and political commentator and writer. Recently, he hosted a later afternoon show on ESPN2 and TSN2 called Olbermann, from July 2013 until July 2015 as well as being the studio host of TBS's Major League Baseball postseason coverage.

  4. Walt Disney

    Walt Disney


    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (/ˈdɪzni/; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. As a prominent figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during the 20th century. As a Hollywood business mogul, he and his brother Roy O. Disney co-founded The Walt Disney Company.

  5. Mary Astor

    Mary Astor


    Mary Astor (born Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke; May 3, 1906 – September 25, 1987) was an American actress. Best remembered for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941), Astor began her long motion picture career as a teenager in the silent movies of the early 1920s. She eventually transitioned to talkies, but nearly saw her career destroyed due to public scandal in the mid-1930s. She was sued for support by her parents and was later branded an adulterous wife by her ex-husband in a custody fight over her daughter. Overcoming these stumbling blocks in her private life, Astor went on to greater success on screen, eventually winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Great Lie (1941). She was a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player through most of the 1940s and continued to work in film, on television and on stage until her retirement in 1964. Astor was the author of five novels. Her autobiography was a bestseller, as was her later book, A Life on Film, which was specifically about her career. Director Lindsay Anderson wrote of her in 1990: "that when two or three who love the cinema are gathered together, the name of Mary Astor always comes up, and everybody agrees that she was an actress of special attraction, whose qualities of depth and reality always seemed to illuminate the parts she played."

  6. Sylvia Plath

    Sylvia Plath


    Sylvia Plath (/plæθ/; October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956; they lived together in the United States and then England, and had two children, Frieda and Nicholas. Plath was clinically depressed for most of her adult life. She committed suicide in 1963.

  7. Gloria Steinem

    Gloria Steinem


    Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 70s.

  8. Danielle Steel

    Danielle Steel


    Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel (born August 14, 1947), better known by the name Danielle Steel, is an American novelist, currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold.

  9. Dr. Seuss

    Dr. Seuss


    Theodor Seuss Geisel (ˈɡzəl; March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss (ss). He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone.

  10. Roger Ebert

    Roger Ebert


    Roger Joseph Ebert (/ˈbərt/; June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013) was an American film critic and historian, journalist, screenwriter and author. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. As of 2010, his reviews were syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and abroad. Ebert also published more than 20 books and dozens of collected reviews.

  11. Peter Hermann

    Peter Hermann


    Peter Hermann is an American actor, producer and writer. He is married to actress Mariska Hargitay, with whom he has three children.

  12. Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert


    Stephen Tyrone Colbert (/klˈbɛər/, né: /ˈklbərt/; born May 13, 1964) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, media critic, and television host. He currently hosts the late-night television talk show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS.

  13. John Steinbeck

    John Steinbeck


    John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat (1935) and Cannery Row (1945), the multi-generation epic East of Eden (1952), and the novellas Of Mice and Men (1937) and The Red Pony (1937). The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath (1939), widely attributed to be part of the American literary canon, is considered Steinbeck's masterpiece. In the first 75 years since it was published, it sold 14 million copies.

  14. Nicholas Sparks

    Nicholas Sparks


    Nicholas Charles Sparks (born December 31, 1965) is an American writer and novelist. He has published eighteen novels and two non-fiction books. Several of his novels have become international bestsellers, and ten of his romantic-drama novels have been adapted to film with multimillion-dollar box office grosses; however, none of the film adaptations have been critically well received..

  15. Erich Maria Remarque

    Erich Maria Remarque


    Erich Maria Remarque (22 June 1898 – 25 September 1970), born Erich Paul Remark, was a German author who created many pacifistic works about the terror of war. He is best-known for his breakthrough novel All Quiet on the Western Front (1928) about German soldiers in the First World War, which was also made into a Oscar-winning movie. His pacifistic attitudes made him an enemy of the Nazism, who burned many of his works. Remarque later lived in Switzerland and in the United States.

  16. Henry Miller

    Henry Miller


    Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American writer. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms, developing a new sort of semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, explicit language, sex, surrealist free association and mysticism. His most characteristic works of this kind are Tropic of Cancer (1934), Black Spring (1936), Tropic of Capricorn (1939) and The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy (1949–59), all of which are based on his experiences in New York and Paris, and all of which were banned in the United States until 1961. He also wrote travel memoirs and literary criticism, and painted watercolors.

  17. George DiCaprio

    George DiCaprio


    George Paul DiCaprio (born November 30, 1943) is an American comic book writer, editor and major West Coast underground comic book distributor.

  18. Nick Clooney

    Nick Clooney


    Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Clooney (born January 13, 1934) is an American journalist, anchorman, and television host. He is the brother of singers Rosemary Clooney and Betty Clooney and father of actor and film director George Clooney.

  19. Natalie Barney

    Natalie Barney


    Natalie Clifford Barney (October 31, 1876 – February 2, 1972) was an American playwright, poet and novelist who lived as an expatriate in Paris.

  20. Thomas Mann

    Thomas Mann


    Paul Thomas Mann (6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. His highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas are noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. His analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Goethe, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.

  21. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

    Kurt Vonnegut Jr.


    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (/ˈvɒnɨɡət/; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American author. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969).

  22. Katherine Schwarzenegger

    Katherine Schwarzenegger


    Katherine Eunice Schwarzenegger (born December 13, 1989) is an American author, and the daughter of actor/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and broadcast journalist Maria Shriver.

  23. Peter Viertel

    Peter Viertel


    Peter Viertel (16 November 1920 – 4 November 2007) was an author and screenwriter.

  24. Gertrude Stein

    Gertrude Stein


    Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946) was an American writer of novels, poetry and plays. Born in West Allegheny (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, making France her home for the remainder of her life. A literary innovator and pioneer of Modernist literature, Stein’s work broke with the narrative, linear, and temporal conventions of the 19th-century. She was also known as a collector of Modernist art.

  25. Ron Paul

    Ron Paul


    Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul (born August 20, 1935) is an American physician, author, and former Republican congressman, two-time Republican presidential candidate, and the presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in the 1988 U.S. presidential election.

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